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German
Deutsch, Deutsche Sprache
Pronunciation [ˈdɔʏtʃ]
Native to Primarily in German-speaking Europe, as a minority language and amongst the German diaspora worldwide
Native speakers Standard German: 95–100 million  (2005–2010)
Language family
Indo-European
  • Germanic
    • West Germanic
      • High German
        • German
Early forms:
Old High German
  • Middle High German
    • Early New High German
      • German
Writing system Latin
Language codes
ISO 639-1 de
ISO 639-2 ger (B)
deu (T)
ISO 639-3

German is a West Germanic language related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. With an estimated 95–100 million native speakers, German is one of the world's major languages and is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union.

Most German vocabulary is derived from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. A number of words are derived from Latin and Greek, and fewer from French and English.

German is written using the Latin alphabet. In addition to the 26 standard letters, German has three vowels with umlauts (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, and Ü/ü) and the letter ß.